Waterford Institute of Technology acquired this 170 acre land bank in 1998 which is located on the outskirts of the city and 3km west of the main Cork Road campus. It is located on the Old Kilmeaden Road, bounded on the perimeter by the River Suir and the new Waterford bypass N25 feeder road where a major roundabout access to the Campus has been developed. The lands are being developed on a phased basis. To date, the Integrated Research Centre, Research and Innovation Centre and the National Biodiversity Centre have been constructed.
The existing Carriganore House has also been refurbished and is now a base for research activities and corporate meetings. The sports pavilion and associated sports grounds have been developed to the South side of the campus.
650 Sport & Exercise students are benefiting from the Institute’s €20 million state of the art WIT Arena which will open its doors to students, staff and the general public in September 2016.
As well as serving as a resource for the Department of Sports and Exercise Science, the 2,000-person capacity WIT Arena will be used as a sports facility for students and a valued addition to the region as a conference, entertainment and sporting venue.
The completion of this building complements the existing grass, all-weather and support facilities at the Institute’s sports campus. The completed facility provides up-to-date modern and scientific sports facilities, gymnasiums, teaching and learning lecture rooms for the Institute’s student and staff community.
It includes a 2,000 sq m ‘aula maxima’ or great hall where large scale official WIT events can be hosted. This facility will also be suited to host conferences and large external sporting, business and social events for the region.
A free shuttle bus links WIT’s main campus on the Cork Road with the €20m WIT Arena.